Aspecta achieves first JUST label for Chinese manufacturer

Norwalk, Conn.—The Elegant Home-Tech Company Limited (formally known as Elegant Plastics) facility in Zhangjiagang, China, which manufactures Metroflor’s Aspecta commercial LVT product, received the first-ever JUST label for a Chinese company and the first JUST label for a LVT flooring manufacturer. To receive the JUST label, the company had to provide numerous policies for public review and be rated on a wide range of metrics including safety, diversity, worker benefits and community engagement.

The JUST platform was created by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) as an innovative way for organizations to be transparent about their entire operations beyond product ingredients. Rather than a certification program, JUST is essentially a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations. The program requires reporting and documentation on a range of organization- and employee-related indicators, each requiring specific and measurable accountabilities recognized on a one, two or three-star level, which are published on the JUST label.

“The idea of pursuing a JUST label for a Chinese factory is courageous and profound,” said Rochelle Routman, Aspecta’s chief sustainability officer. “By accomplishing this, we have created a benchmark for our factory as well as the entire U.S. manufacturing sector sourcing from factories in Asia.”

“I am so proud of our team’s commitment to both transparency and social responsibility—this flows through our veins and informs everything we do in every part of our global enterprise,” said Harlan Stone, Aspecta’s chairman of the board. “If a company cares about the quality of life of their employees, this will be reflected in their commitment to excellence and the in quality of the products. We are first to prove this out, and we hope many others will follow this example.”

Additionally, Metroflor is fortunate to have Simon Xia, its general manager for China and liaison to Elegant Home-Tech, who assisted the team in overcoming the language barrier and setting the documentation process of existing policies in motion. Xia worked with Francis Janes, ILFI’s JUST manager, who walked him through the JUST parameters.

“The JUST Label is reflective of Metroflor’s longstanding commitment to sustainable business practices,” said Janes. “The Institute is also very pleased to note that this is the first instance of a JUST labelled facility in China.”

The announcement of the first JUST label for a Chinese company will coincide with the “Positively Made in China” panel during the upcoming Living Future unConference in Portland, Ore., May 2-4, of which Aspecta is a sponsor.

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